The Wild Thing made an appearance at Rogers Centre on Tuesday afternoon and boy can he draw a crowd.
We’re talking about bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen, AKA the Wild Thing from his starring role in the 1989 motion picture Major League where Sheen played a relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.
Sheen is in Toronto to play in Joe Carter’s annual charity golf tournament in the Toronto area on Wednesday and the pair were hamming it up at Rogers Centre trying to drum up some publicity.
Sheen took batting practice and spent some time throwing the ball, all the while being followed by a fairly robust media contingent hoping to get a word in edgewise with the actor.
This agent was wanting to ask Sheen if he felt the Blue Jays were capable of the kind of comeback that the Indians fashioned in the Hollywood movie.
Alas, Sheen’s publicity agent ruled no scrums, at least with the local media.
Several of the Blue Jays players and staff made an effort to greet Sheen in person, including centre fielder Rajai Davis who was granted a brief audience.
As for Toronto’s upcoming game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, manager John Farrell originally pencilled in the name of Colby Rasmus as his starting centre fielder.
However, the manager later changed his mind, figuring that the groin injury Rasmus is still battling still needs more rest.
Mike McCoy will get the start in centre in his place with Rasmus available to pinch hit if necessary..
“And just talking the Colby, we may have to look to get him maybe in a DH slot initially,” Farrell said. “Just running him back into the lineup on both sides of the ball right now maybe a little bit too aggressive.
“We want to make sure he’s really feeling good about himself and confident from a physical standpoint before running him back out there.”
Farrell said that outfielder Jose Bautista came out of a workout on Monday where he swung the bat and hit some balls off the tee feeling good about his injured left wrist.
“This is still day to day,” Farrell said. “But he felt encouraged the potential build up process might go quicker than maybe he first thought.”
Bautista landed on the 15-day disabled list on July 17 after injuring his wrist swinging during a game.